Police Precept Increase Will Raise Council Tax Bills

Council Tax bills look set to rise by a small amount after all, following Devon and Cornwall Police Authority’s announcement that they will raise the police precept by 2%.

The precept is the part of the Council Tax bill that goes towards funding police activities and the increase will raise bills by £3.13 per annum for a Band D property.

The Council recently announced that it was accepting a Government ‘freeze grant’ which will hold Council Tax bills at 2010 levels for a further year, although there was much debate about how this could affect funding in subsequent years.

A similar grant was offered to the Police Authority but it was declined.

Mike Bull, Chair of the Police Authority said they, “explored all options and the financial implications each of these would have on the force and council tax payers. We did not take the decision to increase the precept lightly but we have a duty to the communities of Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly to ensure they have a police force which is effective and sustainable not just for this year but for the following years.”

He added, “In the last year alone the Force has made significant cash savings of £16.7 million which has meant big reductions across the force. Difficult decisions had to be made and due to the time of austerity we will continue to face such challenges.”